Sunset over Stellenbosch

We now find ourselves in sunny South Africa; in Stellenbosch to be more exact. Here’s a few pictures of a glorious sunset we had last night…I will be posting more pictures and updates in the days to come.

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I’ve also started a new blog: Elsa Reviews in order to post my reviews of restaurants and bars we visit in the coming months. I thought it would be more suitable to keep my reviews in a more ‘formal’ space with my personal posts still going under Biltong and Burger.

In preparation for our travels to America and to keep friends and family updated, Brian has also started a blog that can be found here: Fishop and Burger – head over there and see what we’ve been up to!

Foxlow Review

On Saturday me and Brian went to town (London town!) and had a brilliant day out despite the weather being rubbish. I’ll cover the rest of the day in another post, but thought I’d start out with a(nother) Foxlow review. Foxlow is of course the sister restaurant to the Hawksmoor chain, which we love and visit as often as I can find an excuse to! Hawksmoor is famous for the quality of the meat and fish they sell and I love pretty much everything they do; from innovative cocktails, to brilliant burgers, steaks and ribs, through to glorious deserts. I would highly recommend you visit Hawksmoor if you haven’t yet.

Foxlow is in St John Street in Farringdon, just a little bit along from Fergus Henderson’s St John, which is another restaurant I REALLY want to eat at. We popped into Giant Robot for a drink before dinner and vowed to go back there sometime for their burgers. I suppose my expectations of Foxlow were always going to be high as Hawkmoor has set the bar so high, so I knew I would have to keep an open mind if I was to try and be objective about Foxlow. First impressions were good with service swift and friendly. I was very tempted by the cocktail list but as we’d already had quite a few drinks by then I opted to stick to wine. There are some very interesting sounding cocktails on the list though, with the Pickle Buck and Smokestack Mary especially drawing my attention.

For food I chose the Smokehouse Rilettes for a starter and the Eight Hour Bacon Rib with Maple & Chilli for a main, with some greens for a side. Brian had the Rib Fillet for a main alongside the Beef Dripping Potatoes. The Rilettes was lovely, moist and tasty with just the right amount of fat, though I expected a bit more taste and towards the end of the dish it was rather bland.

Smokehouse Rilettes

Smokehouse Rilettes

The Bacon Rib, similarly didn’t pack the punch I expected it to. The rib comes with a thick chunk of roasted pineapple and some sauce on the side, and I didn’t really like either. Perhaps the addition of the sauce and pineapple might work for some people but as I am not a great pineapple fan I left this on the side, having the rib on its own. The meat was top quality, it has to be said with very little fat and just lovely tender chunks of pork, but somehow lacking in taste. The greens were very good and Brian said his steak was good as well, though it looked very overcooked to me. The potatoes of course were great, but then to me most potato dishes are great! In hindsight I probably should have had the Beef Shortrib rather than the Bacon.

Eight Hour Bacon Rib

Eight Hour Bacon Rib

Beef Dripping Potatoes

Beef Dripping Potatoes

For desert we shared the Apple Crumble Sundae which was quite good, though not all that exciting. While paying the bill we got talking to the couple next to us who kindly let me take pictures of their desert as well as I simply had to get a picture of the famous Elvis Presley Sandwich with Candied Bacon!

Apple Crumble Sundae

Apple Crumble Sundae

Chocolate & Popcorn Sundae

Chocolate & Popcorn Sundae

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Elvis Presley Sandwich with candied bacon

While Foxlow has polished service, nice cocktails and an interesting menu with lots of options I like, I’m not sure we will be going back anytime soon – will probably rather stick with Hawksmoor!

Little Social Anniversary Dinner

On Saturday me and Brian went to Jason Atherton’s Little Social for our anniversary dinner and had a great time. I’m still not someone who finds whipping out my phone and taking pictures of my food a normal or natural thing to do, but I tried! I also find it very awkward when at dinner with friends and they start snapping away and taking pictured of food, so I’m hoping to not be an embarrassment to others either. I will get better with more experience I’m sure but for the moment the pictures aren’t great. Anyway, enough excuses; on to the review!

We started the evening with a drink at Ain’t Nothin But in Kingly Street and then moved on to the Masons Arms just round the corner from Little Social. I’ve been the Pollen Street Social with friends before so I had high hopes for Little Social. At Pollen Street Social we had the tasting menu and it was a very interesting experience with great food and drinks. Little Social is more informal but with really good atmosphere and of course great service. I started with cod brandade while Brian made do with a lovely bread basket (it only had to be refilled once!).

Cod Brandade

Cod Brandade

For mains I had lamb three ways, and it was very, very good, especially as I haven’t had lamb in quite a few months! Brian had the Little Social burger which according to numerous burger reviews is one of the best burgers in London. Brian’s burger didn’t look much like any of the pictures I saw of the burger on the Internet and Brian said that it was ok, though nothing very special. I was a bit disappointed in his verdict as I expected a lot from the burger but my lamb was great! For desert we shared an apple tarte tatin with clotted cream ice cream that was lovely and rich as it should be.

Lovely Lamb

Lovely Lamb

Tiny Burger

Tiny Burger

Dinner Aftermath

Dinner Aftermath

We had a great experience at Little Social, but best of all was that as they were aware that it was an anniversary dinner they presented us with a card and take-home chocolate cake at the end of our meal!

Little Social Gift

Little Social Gift

Little Social Gift

Little Social Gift

Selfie on Train Home

Selfie on Train Home